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Sirs,

I accuse each and every participant who voted to create a boycott of discourse, the abandonment of any academic and cultural cooperation or collaboration with Bar-Ilan University and the University of Haifa, and of the College of Judea and Samaria, of academic malpractice.

I accuse Birmingham University of academic malpractice, by lack of censure of Sue Blackwell for academic malpractice. I am glad that you closed down her political platform websites but not her lack of intellectual acuity and criticality.

I accuse of academic malpractice and of a corruption of the standards of intellectual enquiry, every member of the AUT who voted for the boycott of the Israeli institutions

I am a citizen of both the United Kingdom and State of Israel, hold a joint appointment at both a US and UK university as well as Bar-Ilan University and as a Neuroscientist, I would have thought that I was a citizen of the world, but apparently not.

I am disgusted by the knee jerk political assumptions of the affirmative voters of the boycott who did so without knowledge of the facts, without an opportunity to see and speak to Palestinian Arab students enrolled in the College of Judea and Samaria, Bar-Ilan and Haifa Universities. What arrogance, what intellectual laziness, what a terrible example to set for students in the Universities of the United Kingdom, or is it Great Britain, or England?

By the way, are we talking about Israeli Arabs, Bedouins, Druze, Samaritans, Christian Arabs or what that require AUT’s help?

Why exactly has there been no cloture and then boycott vote of the universities of India or Pakistan and of course Kashmir, states founded by partition of the United Nations under similar circumstances as Israel? Why Israel?

So listen, I had voluntarily taught Cognitive Science to young Palestinian Arab students at the College of Judea and Samaria because of my left wing political leanings, so that when these wonderful students would become qualified educators of elementary school children, perhaps they would have a solid grounding in the international knowledge base of Cognitive Science in application. Did it ever dawn on any of these boycott voters, that perhaps there is a latent good.

Secondly, did it ever occur to any of you AUT members who voted for the boycott of Bar-Ilan and Haifa Universities that you came to conclusions based on double hearsay rather than based on empirical observation, analysis, criticality, and even, heaven forbid, the testing of your own assumptions. Assumptions are not evidence. Try to get one of your postgraduate students, maybe yourselves, through a thesis in any respectable programme based on the methods used in getting your affirmative vote.
Let me remind you about the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Man that states in Article 19:
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
And to Article 27:
Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.
You people who voted for the boycott have denied me my rights as outlined above and I challenge you and invite you to meet me in Israel and see for yourself that what you have thought is not based on any objective reality.

Respectfully,

Gerry Leisman
Dr. Ted Carrick Professor of
Human Factors
Carrick Institute for Clinical ergonomics,
Rehabilitation, and Applied Neuroscience
State University of New York
at Farmingdale
leismag@farmingdale.edu


 

 

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